Western Europe Summary Itinerary – 5 countries & 9 cities!

Western Europe are beautiful in many ways and  if you have not been to Europe before, I would suggest you to start with Western Europe first.  Reason being, the part of Europe is more modern, advance but slightly more expensive compare to Eastern Europe.  Most people in Western Europe speak English so communication should not be a problem.

Check out the Western Europe route :

Zurich Switzerland -> Black Forest Germany -> Lucerne Switzerland -> Colmar France -> Heidelberg Germany -> Cologne Germany -> Amsterdam Netherlands -> Brussels Belgium -> Paris France

Western Europe 1: Rhine Falls & Black Forest Germany

Western Europe Summary Itinerary

  1. Zurich Airport to Rhine Falls Switzerland – 30 mins
  2. Rhine Falls Switzerland to Black Forest – 1.5 hours
  • –Drubba Clock Factory Visit in Black Forest
  • –Cuckoo Clocks (Handmade Grandfather Clock)

Things to eat in Black Forest Germany:

  • Pork Knuckle
  • Sausage and Ham

Western Europe 2 : Lion Monument & Chapel Bridge in Lucerne Switzerland

Western Europe Summary Itinerary

  1. The Lion Monument Lucerne, Switzerland
  2. Shopping at Lucerne
  3. Chapel Bridge
  4. Local Morning Market at Lucerne

Things you may want to buy in Switzerland :

  • Swiss Made Watches
  • Swiss Knife

Western Europe 3 : Mount Titlis Switzerland

Western Europe Summary Itinerary

Lucerne to Mount Titlis – 45 mins

Things to do in Mount Titlis:

  1. Cable cars in Mount Titlis
  2. Mount Titlis Cliff Walk and Suspension Bridge
  3. Ice Flyer
  4. Hear the Cowbells

What to buy in Lucerne, Switzerland?

  • Chocolate
  • Cowbells

Western Europe 4 : Multi color Buildings, Little Venice, a fairy-tale town in Colmar, France!

Western Europe Summary Itinerary

Lucerne, Switzerland to Colmar France – 2 hours

  • Please stay alert & spot Statue of Liberty in Colmar (12 meter high) on the way
  • Things to do in Colmar 
  1. Saint-Martin Church in Colmar
  2. Tanners’ quarter & Fisherman’s Wharf
  3. Colmar is also known as Little Venice so do a boat ride on the canal

Things to try in Colmar France :

  • Wine : Alsace are Muscat (fairly sweet) and Gewürztraminer (very sweet)

Western Europe 5 : Germany – Romantic town of Heidelberg

Western Europe Summary Itinerary

Colmar to Heidelberg – 2.5 hour

Things to see in Heidelberg town :

  1. Karl Theodor Bridge
  2. Heidelberg Castle
  3. Heidelberg Old Town

What you should observe : Romantic vibe in Heidelberg town

Western Europe 6 : Cologne Germany – 4711 Cologne

Western Europe Summary Itinerary

Heidelberg to Cologne in Germany – 3 hours

Things to see in Cologne Germany :

  • “L” shape buildings in Rheinauhafen, Cologne
  • Cologne Cathedral

Things to buy:

  • 4711 cologne (Eau de Cologne/perfume)

Western Europe 7 : Amsterdam, Netherlands

Western Europe Summary Itinerary

Cologne Germany to Amsterdam Netherlands – 3 hours

Things to do in Amsterdam Netherlands :

  • Amsterdam Canal cruise
  • Amsterdam Dam Square
  • Explore coffee shop – (not ordinary coffee shop, special stuff are available)
  • Red light District in Amsterdam
  • Diamond factory
  • Zaanse Schans – windmills

–Cheese factory in Zaanse Schans
–Wooden clog-making demonstration in ZaanseSchans

Things to try:

  • Wooden Bicycle
  • Try the weeds in the coffee shop (18 above)

Western Europe 8 : Brussels Belgium

Western Europe Summary Itinerary

Amsterdam Netherlands to Brussels Belgium – 2.5 hours

Things to do in Brussels :

  • Atomium
  • Market Square
  • Grand Place Brussels
  • Manneken Pis

Things to eat :

  • Waffle
  • chocolate
  • Mussels with fries

Western Europe 9 :  Paris – The City of Light!

Western Europe Summary Itinerary

Brussels Belgium to Paris France – 3.5 hours

Things to do in Paris :

  1. Eiffel Tower
  2. Arc de Triomphe
  3. Champs-Élysées – fashionable, expensive & prestigious street in the world
  4. Cruise down the River Seine in Paris
  5. Pont Alexandre III – most extravagant bridge in Paris
  6. Palais Bourbon – Parliament House
  7. Notre-Dame de Paris – Catholic Cathedral
  8. Conciergerie – Medieval royal palace turn Law Court
  9. Musee d’Orsay – Art Museum – Monet, & Van Gogh fans must go!
  10. The  Louvre museum – check out Mona Lisa
  11. Versailles Palace

Things to eat in Paris :

  • Baguette
  • Macarons

Final thought :

Be extra careful when you are in Paris, watch out for pick pocket & ring crime scam in hot tourist spot such as Eiffel Tower.  These people work in a group and some of their gang are also watching from afar.

Have fun and explore Western Europe!  Click on the link if you wanted to find out more about each city!

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17 Replies to “Western Europe Summary Itinerary – 5 countries & 9 cities!”

    1. Eiffel Tower is one of the must see attraction in Western Europe, beside that, still plenty to play around in Paris. You will love it for sure, soak in Paris vibe and stunning architecture!

    1. Dear Jenny,
      Europe is so beautiful, you may want to start with Western Europe then go Eastern Europe. That is what I did. West is more modern and most people speak English.

  1. Such amazing trip, I am totally loving this itinerary. Sometimes all you need is a proper planning to have a successful and joyful travel. I have been to Lucerne, Paris, Amsterdam, and Venice. I have always wanted to go back to these cities and with this itinerary I think I can visit plus see something new too. I will share this with my husband to try to fit as close to this. All your pictures look so beautiful.

  2. You just did something I’ve always been dreaming of. My perfect continent, Europe. Great pictures and nice highlights from your trip! Hope to see more of the world from you.

    1. Out of the 5 countries in Western Europe, I guess I love Amsterdam Canals, the bicycle land and most importantly their traditional windmills and clog shoes. Oh yes, don’t forget their coffee shop too, not an ordinary coffee shop but serving special – the grass.

  3. This trip sounds exciting and jammed packed! I was particularly interested in Little Venice and had no idea about the mini Statue of Liberty. I’ll be in Europe for the 1st time this summer and can’t wait! Xo Evelyn, PathofPresence

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